How to Get Into the Top Law Schools, 4th edition (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 5, 2008 - Reference - 608 pages
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Richard Montauk, a savvy admissions insider, demystifies the application process and provides the tools to ace every step. Based on interviews with dozens of admissions officers, Montauk delivers a candid view of what leading law schools look for in an applicant. He also gives applicants solid advice on developing marketing strategies, writing winning essays, maximizing financial aid, and assessing and upgrading credentials to better match that ideal profile.


  

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This book provides a dissected approach on the law school application process and provides the tools to ace every step. Based on interviews with dozens of admissions officers, the author delivers a ... Read full review

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I appreciated the depth of analysis, the frank tone, and the author's identification of third and fourth order consequences of investing in a law degree. I'm extremely glad I consulted this book during my decision-making process. Read full review

Contents

REUSING YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENTS
FURTHER READING
WRITING RÉSUMÉS
FILING APPLICATIONS
WHY ARE RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRED?
WHAT ADMISSIONS COMMITTEES LEARN FROM RECOMMENDATIONS
WHO SHOULD WRITE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS?
HOW MANY RECOMMENDERS?

FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
CONCLUSION
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
TYPICAL REQUIRED COURSES
TEACHING METHODS
WORKLOAD
GRADING
CURRICULAR ORGANIZATION OF THE TRADITIONAL JD PROGRAM
SPECIALIZATION
PUBLICATIONS
STUDENT BODY
SOCIAL LIFE
KNOW YOURSELFAND WHAT YOU WANT FROM A LAW DEGREE
RESEARCH THE SCHOOLS
DETERMINE HOW MANY SCHOOLS TO APPLY TO
AVOID THE LIKELY PITFALLS IN CHOOSING A SCHOOL
FINALDECISION CRITERIA
READINGS
GENERAL
PROGRAM
CURRICULUM
PEDAGOGICAL ISSUES
SOCIAL ISSUES
JOURNALS AND SOCIETIES
JOBS
FINANCES
WHEN TO VISIT
BEFORE THE VISIT
UPON LEAVING CAMPUS
USING THE RANKINGS
THE RANKINGS
MORE RANKINGS
CONCLUSION
ROLLING ADMISSIONS
THE STANDARD ADMISSIONS MODEL
THE USE OF INDEX NUMBERS
ADMISSIONS OUTCOMES
WHEN SHOULD YOU APPLYEARLY OR LATE IN AN APPLICATION CYCLE ?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO DO YOUR APPLICATION ?
APPLICATION TIMETABLE
WHERE ARE THINGS MOST LIKELY TO GO ASTRAY?
THE NEW WORLD OF PRELAW ADVISING
WHO ARE PRELAW ADVISORS?
WHAT UNDERGRADUATE PRELAW ADVISORS DO
WHEN TO SEE A PRELAW ADVISOR
SEEKING OUTSIDE HELP
THE ACADEMIC RECORD
THE LSAT
WORK EXPERIENCE
EXTRACURRICULAR PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
SHOW WHERE YOU ARE HEADED
FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
CREATING A MARKETING STRATEGY
CAPITALIZING ON YOUR STRENGTHS MINIMIZING YOUR WEAKNESSES
PERSONAL STATEMENT EXAMPLE
FIT INSTAND OUT
POSITIONING
USING THEMES
CONCLUSION
MINORITIES AND OTHER TRADITIONALLY UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS
RESIDENTS
LEGACIES
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
MISCONDUCT
GROWING UP
WORK EXPERIENCE
PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
LEISURE TIME
PULLING YOUR INFORMATION TOGETHER
CHOICE OF TOPIC
VARIOUS ESSAY TOPICS ANALYZED IN DETAIL
BRIEF NOTES ON ADDITIONAL TOPICS
OPTIONAL ESSAYS
GETTING STARTED
PLANNING
REVIEWING THE ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING
THE ROUGH DRAFT
EDITING YOUR ROUGH DRAFT
GIVING YOUR ESSAYS TO SOMEONE ELSE TO CRITIQUE
APPROACHING A POTENTIAL RECOMMENDER
INCREASING THE VALUE OF YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS
ONESIZEFITSALL RECOMMENDATIONS
THE MECHANICS OF SUBMITTING RECOMMENDATIONS
MAKING SURE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE SUBMITTED ON TIME
SPECIAL NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
SHOULD YOU INTERVIEW IF GIVEN THE CHOICE?
SHOULD YOU INTERVIEW IF REQUESTED TO?
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
THE INTERVIEWER
INTERVIEW EVALUATION FORMS
ANTICIPATING THE QUESTIONS
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
RECOLLECTING YOUR THOUGHTS DURING THE INTERVIEW
WHAT DETERMINES THE LIKELIHOOD OF A GIVEN QUESTION BEING ASKED?
PRACTICE
PHYSICAL PREPARATIONS
DURING THE INTERVIEW
HOW TO READ THE INTERVIEWER
ENDING THE INTERVIEW
GENERAL RULES FOR INTERVIEWS
SPECIAL TYPES OF INTERVIEWS
HOW TO DEAL WITH THE INCOMPETENT INTERVIEWER
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
RESPONDING TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE HOLD
RESPONDING TO WAITLISTING
RESPONDING TO DENIAL
OTHER OPTIONS
TRANSFERRING FROM AN INSTITUTION WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN ADMITTED
CHOOSING THE SCHOOL YOU WILL TRANSFER FROM
BEGIN A DEGREE ABROAD
COMPLETE A DEGREE ABROAD
PARTICIPATE IN AN EXCHANGE PROGRAM OR BECOME A THIRDYEAR MATRICULANT VISITING STUDENT
USE ANOTHER LAW SCHOOLS CAREER PLACEMENT OFFICE
DEFERRAL
ACCEPTING YOUR OFFER
LEAVING YOUR JOB
FINISHING COLLEGE
PREPARING FOR LAW SCHOOL
THE BARE MINIMUM
TIME MANAGEMENT MATTERS
PREPARING FOR EXAMS
THINK ABOUT YOUR CAREER DEVELOPMENT
KEEP STRESS UNDER CONTROL
DONT FORGET THE SOCIAL EXPERIENCE
CALCULATING THE COST OF LAW SCHOOL
YOUR EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION
TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID
PARTTIME WORK DURING LAW SCHOOL
FINANCIAL AID POLICIES
EVALUATING FINANCIAL AID PACKAGESAND TRYING FOR MORE
FINANCIAL STRATEGIES
A DOZEN REASONS TO DO AN LLM
SHOULD YOU DO AN LLM?
CHOOSING THE RIGHT LLM
PRACTICAL DETAILS
GETTING IN
CONCLUSION
TYPES OF LLM PROGRAMS
COMMON LAW VERSUS CIVIL LAW
EDUCATIONAL DIFFERENCES
RECOMMENDED READINGS
LISA
TUAN
JULIE
TORI
JON QUEEN
ANTONIO
MAURA WILSON
BRENDAN
AMY CRAWFORD
SACHA M COUPET
DAVID P WHITE
JAMES M
OLUWABUNMI SHABI
BILL
NOAH PITTARD
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About the author (2008)

Richard Montauk is the author of How to Get into the Top Law Schools and How to Get into the Top Colleges, as well as the founder and president of Degree of Difference, a firm that has helped thousands of applicants get into the world's top law and business schools. He received a B.A. from Brown University, an M.S. in Finance, and a J.D. from Stanford University. He formerly worked as a corporate lawyer and a corporate strategy consultant. He divides his time between London, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

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